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What is Music Therapy?


The American Music Therapy Association defines it as the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program.


  • In the USA Music therapists must have a bachelor’s degree or higher in music therapy from one of AMTA’s 72 approved colleges and universities, including 1200 hours of clinical training.

  • Music therapists must hold the MT-BC credential, issued through the Certification Board for Music Therapists, which protects the public by ensuring competent practice and requiring continuing education. Some states also require licensure for board-certified music therapists.

  • Music Therapy degrees require knowledge in psychology, medicine, and music.


The World Federation for Music Therapy is a global organization which defines music therapy as  the professional use of music and its elements as an intervention in medical, educational, and everyday environments with individuals, groups, families, or communities who seek to optimize their quality of life and improve their physical, social, communicative, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual health and wellbeing. Research, practice, education, and clinical training in music therapy are based on professional standards according to cultural, social, and political contexts (WFMT, 2011).


CNN: Surgery patients hear benefits of music therapy loud and clear



Music Therapy Resources


University of Louisville Music Library provides access to a world-class collection of music therapy resources.


Becoming a Music Therapist

Why Music Therapy?

Patron Member

American Music Therapy Assn

World Federation of Music Therapy



Remo, Inc has been a supporter of Music Therapy for more than 20 years. Click for more information.


Remo has appreciated the opportunity to consult or partner with thought leaders and clinical music therapists throughout the years to develop instruments and programs that are specifically designed for therapeutic application, including:



Barry Bernstein, MT-BC

Ron Borczon, MM, MT-BC

Alicia Clair, PhD, MT-BC

Barbara Crowe, MMT, MT-BC

Helen Dolas, MS, MT-BC

Joanne Loewy, DA, MT-BC

Judith Pinkerton, MT-BC/L

Barbara Reuer, Ph.D, MT-BC

Christine Stevens, MSW, MT-BC

ConcettaTomaino, D.A.,MT-BC, LCAT

and more...




Join us in the support of Music Therapy by Joining or Donating Today!

Locate a Board Certified Music Therapist Near You at The Certification Board for Music Therapy

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